FBI ‘Spycatcher’ Eric O’Neill to Keynote Dec. 7 Content Protection Summit


Eric O’Neill, a cybersecurity expert and former FBI counter-terrorism and counterintelligence operative, will be the keynote speaker Dec. 7 at the eighth annual CDSA Content Protection Summit at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Los Angeles, with O’Neill tackling the hackers and cyber-terrorist threats facing the media and entertainment industry today.

Best known for helping capture FBI mole and Russian sky Robert Hanssen in 2001, O’Neill currently works as a national media security analyst and commentator, with appearances on everything from “20/20” to “Nightline” to “Access Hollywood.” The story of Hanssen’s capture was made into the Universal Studios film “Breach,” starring Ryan Philippe as O’Neill. His keynote address — “Protecting Your Content in Today’s Age of Cyber-Espionage” — will look at the recent cyber-attack against the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and WikiLeaks’ subsequent release of emails associated with the attack. O’Neill will share his experiences in counterintelligence, and investigations into economic espionage, and cybersecurity penetrations, and will offer Content Protection Summit attendees ideas on what they can do to protect themselves.

“The open exchange of ideas that takes place every year at CDSA’s Content Protection Summit has contributed to a new collaborative culture of mutual support in Hollywood,” said Bryan Ellenburg, CPS conference chairman and a security consultant for the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA). “For majors and independents, from the set to the studio, new digital workflows and systems are offering tremendous creative opportunities, efficiencies — and security challenges — for those executives and business units charged with protecting IP from prying eyes and pirate profiteers.”

Every year, the CDSA Content Protection Summit brings together Hollywood’s top cybersecurity, content protection and anti-piracy experts, with the full-day program featuring speakers from studios, broadcasters and their technology partners. In addition to O’Neill’s keynote, other panels and presentations include “Budgeting for Security in Production and Post Production,” “Ending the Golden Age of Internet Theft: How to Monetize Piracy,” “Security Roundtable: Why Content Theft Matters,” and “Turning The Table On Hackers.” Additionally, attendees will get a look at the industry’s largest showcase of new solutions and innovations around content security, in the CPS Innovation and Technology Showcase.

The 2016 CDSA Content Protection Summit is presented by MediaSilo, with sponsorship by Box, Deluxe, the Digital Watermarking Alliance, Fortium, Microsoft Azure, NexGuard and PricewaterhouseCoopers. For more information visit, and to become a sponsor contact, Garrett Randall, director of member services for the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA), at 310-882-9204, or [email protected]